We need to make the public aware that there are people out there selling so called “teacup” Chihuahuas and requesting large amounts of money for them when they could actually be a standard size Chihuahua fully grown or remain as they start out - the RUNT of the litter…
If you are seeking a 'Tea-Cup Chihuahua', search no longer, this creature does not exist!
The Chihuahua is a small breed of dog, which can be any size up to 6 lb (2.8kgs) according to the written standard and quite often individuals will exceed this amount. They are not recognized as any more than either a Long Coat or Smooth Coat Chihuahua. A 1kg Chihuahua is very small, but will not fit into a tea-cup.
Within the breed there is a great variation of size, just like any other breed of dog and for that matter humans. There are smaller Chihuahuas and larger Chihuahuas, but there are no 'tea-cup Chihuahuas'. Within a litter even, the sizes of individuals when adult can vary considerably from the very small to the very large, so even viewing the parents will not necessarily give an indication of the eventual size of a young pup.
When puppies are 8 weeks old, of course they are very small, but they grow and at 8 weeks, no one can tell you what size they will eventually grow to.
Most photos of 'Tea-Cup Chihuahuas' are very young pups that will actually fit into a tea-cup. They will not stay this size.
Very small Chihuahua pups are possibly that size because of health problems, others, though, live long healthy lives. Many of these health problems may not be recognized until the dog is older. It is the ones with health problems that can cause distress to new owners when they either die at a very early age or become a financial burden requiring constant veterinary care. Potential buyers need to be aware of health issues such a hydrocephalus, luxating patella’s or heart problems.
If you really want a very small Chihuahua, you are best to leave buying one until it is at least 4 months old and then even 6 months is better, or older. At this time it should be clear as to their size and health status. But this is still no guarantee...
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